TIGERCUB, Dilly Dally @ The Louisiana, Bristol, 26/01/2016

Dilly Dally - The TouchTaking on the UK live circuit for the first time, Toronto punk band Dilly Dally are in high spirits. They’ve just made a feature appearance on the new NME website, following a recent cover of Drake’s “Know Yourself” - a rendition of which they obediently perform tonight. With debut album Sore underneath their belt and whisky shots lined up in preparation for their set, it’s clear from the moment we step into The Louisiana, we’re in for a treat.

First up though are equally anticipated and well received support act, TIGERCUB. Hailing from Brighton, the trio perform classic punk pop with a riotous and highly enjoyable twist of energy on stage. In presence if not sound they’re reminiscent of Johnny Foreigner, putting absolutely everything into their set.

Between songs from their current mini album Repressed Semantics, TIGERCUB joke with the front row as though they’re long-time friends. Perhaps they are: Big Jeff dutifully presents. The set is only marginally spoiled by someone clearly known to the band but apparently no one else, who jumps on stage and turns the last two songs into Test Icicles style screamo. The slow jog towards shoulder jerking headbanging is put on hold a most back away and consider beating the queue to the bar.

Dilly Dally are in comparison low key for much of their set. The Partisan signees arrive quarter of an hour late, and take quarter of an hour to play the first two songs due to technical difficulties. Somehow it doesn’t matter. Front woman Katie Monks is so Canadian in her apology, her bumbling approach to stage chat provides endearing entertainment. Her band mates’ lack of involvement also perfectly suits the sulky teenage grunge stereotype (though Dilly Dally are past that phase of their life by a few years). Put together with their impressive back catalogue of sound – performing songs from Sore alongside their debut single “Candy Mountain” - the whole thing just works.

Towards the end of the night, predictably a mosh pit erupts in the centre of the room. We’ve always taken issue with this happening in the Louisiana, as the venue is so small bystanders are more liable to get hurt, and not be able to get away without leaving entirely. Tonight however something special happens. Pinned against the wall, two bulky men edge towards me and I think, “Fab, it’s expanding right into my lap.” Except these men do not advance to cause a bigger riot, they block the riot from enveloping me and those unwilling participants also nearby. It’s a pretty fab example of a mosh pit done right, by no small coincidence at a punk rock gig – and a damn decent one at that.

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2 Responses to “TIGERCUB, Dilly Dally @ The Louisiana, Bristol, 26/01/2016”

  1. J 30/01/2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Wow this review is so patronizing…
    About the end of the Tigercub set: Chris (their TM and singer of a German punk band) is always singing the last song “I am Special” for them. If you’d listen to Jamie singing it you’d see it just is “screamo” – but what to expect from someone calling them punk pop ugh.
    In addition: Who cares Dilly Dally started 15 minutes late and had technical difficulties – it just happens, nothing negative. Also “Her band mates’ lack of involvement” might be caused by Katie being the only one with a mic? Just an idea…

    • Tiffany Daniels 01/02/2016 at 11:38 am #

      I apologise, I don’t follow the German punk scene and although I recognise their name, I have to admit I’ve not studied TIGERCUB’s career in great detail. I don’t think that’s unreasonable considering they were the support act. As for my labelling them punk pop: that’s subjective but I think entirely justifiable. To be “patronizing” again, perhaps you should do some punk pop research…

      Dilly Dally starting their set 15 minutes late is a negative as it cut their set short and continued to effect their set for another 15 minutes. However as I have clearly stated, they regained themselves, which ultimately turns it into a positive as they have the stage prowess to overcome technical difficulties. And y’know, this is a review, so I figured I’d mention what actually happened and how I felt about it. Or is the problem more than I don’t completely curtail to your own opinion?

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